Pirates, Raiders lock up postseason berths

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


By Greg Ford

Sports Editor



The postseason awaits both the Pirates and the Raiders.

This past Friday each recorded a playoff-clinching victory, with Wylie downing Lovejoy 59-52 and East winning at Denison 53-51. Earlier in the week, Wylie dropped Royse City 53-51 in the final seconds, while East downed Lovejoy 67-52.

The Pirates (8-5 in 13-4A) and the Raiders (7-6) met Tuesday at East in the regular-season finale. If the Raiders won, there could be a play-in game or coin flip to determine the No. 3 and 4 seeds, while a Wylie victory secures them the No. 3 seed and a bi-district date with Sulphur Springs either Feb. 17 or 18. The No. 4 seed will play Texas High, the top team out of District 14-4A.

The Pirates’ victory over Lovejoy was impressive, considering they were without Travonta Maddox. He suffered a concussion in the Royse City and hopefully will be back soon, said Pirates’ head coach David Black. 

“With Travonta out, we knew others would have to step up, and they did,” Black said. 

Alen Dervisevic and Jordan Whaley each had 15 points in the win over the Leopards.

“It was a good team effort,” Black said, “and I am happy that they were able to lock it (a playoff spot) up.”

Henry Dues led the Raiders with 13 points at Denison, a victory that locked up East’s first-ever postseason appearance. Wylie made the playoffs a year ago, advancing to the second round.

“I think our kids are peaking at the right time and that’ll be needed for the playoffs,” Black said.


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